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Executive Director Staff Development and Training

Staff Development & Training Executive Director Nancy Riley earned her Bachelor of Science Degree at Indiana State University, she began her correction’s career in 1995 at Madison County Juvenile Center as a Youth Care Worker. In 1999, she joined the Department of Correction as a Correctional Training Officer. She returned to her alma mater, ISU, while working full-time to obtain her Master’s Degree. She found her true passion in training, promoting to the top as the Executive Director over Staff Development and Training in January 2013. Ms. Riley is responsible for the training of all IDOC staff as well as the Department’s Strategic Plan. The plan is put in place to guide the IDOC through two (2) years of operations. It sets goals and objectives with clearly identified value statements, strategic issues, strategic goals, strategic statements, objectives, responsible parties, action plans, and working groups. She is responsible for managing the Department’s Focus Groups in an effort to constantly improve the Department. Focus Groups bring the individuals from the field to the table to evaluate a problem and develop solutions. Since becoming Executive Director, Ms. Riley has been instrumental in developing programs such as the three-tier DOC Supervisory programs, “Women in Leadership”, “Leaving A Legacy”, Experienced and Emerging Leaders (EEL), Leadership Academy, the Joint Understanding and Cooperation program (JUCP), Promoting a Positive Culture in Corrections (PPCC) and many more.  Ms. Riley works closely with the training staff throughout the state in developing new and positive training opportunities for the field.

Executive Director of Mental Health and Special Populations

Executive Director Mark Levenhagen currently oversees the delivery of mental health and special populations for the Department of Correction.  Prior to accepting this position in June of 2014, he was responsible for managing the state’s largest correctional institution at Westville (850 staff and 3,400 offenders).

In his former capacity Mr. Levenhagan was responsible for the formulation of all operating and security functions at that facility.  His career in corrections began thirty-two years ago at the Westville Correctional Facility. He has served in numerous positions in medium, maximum and super maximum security.  Prior to becoming a Warden Mr. Levenhagen has served as a Counselor, Behavioral Clinician, Administrative Assistant, Unit Manager, Assistant Superintendent and Superintendent at both the Indiana State Prison and the Westville Correctional Facility

Director Levenhagen holds a Batchelor of Science degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Ball State University.  Mark was recognized by the Indiana Criminal Justice Association as “Correctional Manager of the Year,” in 2012. He regularly speaks to community organizations and universities regarding hot topics in corrections (mental health, education, death penalty, sentencing laws etc.) in today’s world. Mark and his wife Kelly have been married thirty one years and they have two children.

Executive Director of Programs and Re-Entry Readiness

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Christine Blessinger serves as the Executive Director for the Division of Youth Services and is currently the Interim for Programs and Re-Entry Readiness. Chris oversees all areas of the juvenile division to include; operations, case management, programs and re-entry. Chris began her career working for the Department of Correction in 2000 as a Psychiatric Social Service Specialist III at the Pendleton Juvenile Correctional Facility.  She served as a Program Director 2 and was promoted to Program Director 1 at Pendleton Juvenile Correctional Facility.  Chris was then promoted to Program Director/Assistant Director of the Division in 2008 where she was the State Coordinator for Performance Based Standards (PbS) and Community based Standards (CbS).  She was also responsible or program implementation, Comprehensive Case Management and re-entry services before being promoted to the Chief Operations Director of the Division in 2014.  Chris is a member of the Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators (CJCA) and a member of the American Correctional Association (ACA).  Chris is also a certified PREA auditor for juvenile facilities. Prior to working in corrections, Chris held positions of Youth Care Worker, Youth Manager and Case Manager at the Henry County Youth Center.  Chris holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology from Indiana State University.

Executive Director of Data Analytics

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Sarah Schelle is the Executive Director of Data Science and Analytics. She has been with the Department for 13 years, during which time she has served as the Executive Director of Legislation and Data Science, the Deputy Director of Legislative Services, and as a data analyst. Sarah is the co-chair of the Justice Reinvestment Advisory Council's Evidence-Based Decision Making Data Group and has been involved in several high profile Department projects, including the assaults prediction and reduction initiative. She has won several national awards including the American Criminology Association's Practitioner of the Year Award and GCN's Government Innovation Award. She recently was nominated for the StateScoop 50 Award for "State Up and Comer" and the Route50 Navigator Award.

Sarah Obtained her Bachelor's degree from Indiana University Bloomington in Criminal Justice and Psychology. She graduated from University of Cincinnati with her Master's Degree in Criminal Justice, with a concentration in Crime Prevention Research.

 

Executive Director of Technology Services

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Brent Walls serves as the Executive Director of Technology Services and IT Director for the Indiana Department of Correction. He oversees application technology, Helpdesk support, information security, offender technology and facility technology. He began his career in state government in 2013 as a Senior System Administrator with the Indiana Office of Technology. Mr. Walls moved to the Indiana Department of Correction in 2016 as the Information Security Manager. In March of 2020, Mr. Walls was promoted to Executive Director. Prior to joining state government, Mr. Walls worked for the Unisys Corporation as a network Design Engineer providing support to the Department of Defense. Mr. Walls is also a proud veteran of the United States Air Force.

Brent is a 2016 graduate of Western Governors University with a Master's degree in Information Security and Assurance, a 2013 graduate of Western Governors University with a Bachelor's degree in Information Technology Security, and a 2011 graduate of Ivy Tech Community College with an Associate's degree in information Systems.

Executive Director, Emergency Response Operations

Richard L. Curry, Jr. started his career with the Indiana Department of Correction in June 1992 as a correctional officer at the Plainfield Correctional Facility. After promoting through the ranks to Correctional Major he was promoted to Assistant Warden at the Putnamville Correctional Facility. In December 2006, Richard was appointed as the Superintendent of the Marion County Juvenile Detention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. Richard’s background in corrections is numerous and includes instructor qualifications in leadership, emergency response operations, thinking for a change, dealing with youth incarcerated as adults, cultural competency and cultural diversity.

Richard is very active in his community as well. He serves as Senior Pastor the True Tried Missionary Baptist Church in Indianapolis, and participates in various community activities to assist in the repair of the troubled north-side community. In addition, Richard also served in the United States Army for 13 years, participating in Desert Shield/Storm.

Richard’s has attended Vincennes University, in Vincennes Indiana, majoring in Criminal Justice. He has also attended Crossroads Bible College, Indianapolis, Indiana, and Trinity Bible College, Newburgh, Indiana majoring in pastoral ministry and religious studies. In 2006, he graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. In 2009, Richard graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with a Master’s Degree in Leadership

Northern Regional Director, Adult Facilities

Executive Director William "Bill" Wilson is responsible for the Northern Region Facility Operations and the development of the Digital Media Project for the Department.

Executive Director Wilson began his career with the Department as a Correctional Officer in 1991 at the then Maximum Control Complex (MCC).  Bill has served as a Counselor (MCC), Casework Manager (WCC), Unit Manager (WCC), and was Assistant Superintendent at both Westville Correctional Facility and Indiana State Prison. He most recently served as the Superintendent of the Indiana State Prison for the past four  years.

Executive Director Wilson holds an Associate Degree in Mortuary Science from Vincennes University and a Bachelor Degree in General Studies with a minor in Criminal Justice from Indiana University. He has been a Certified Correctional Executive since October 2007 and in 2009 was named IDOC's Superintendent of the Year. Bill and his wife Lynn have been married for 32 years and have two children, Reilly and Krysten.

Executive Director and Inspector General/Public Safety Liaison

Richard  Brown serves as the Executive Director of Adult Facilities for the Indiana Department of Correction. He oversees the adult facilities and GEO-operated facilities.

Executive Director Brown began his career with the Department of Correction on August 26, 1991 as a Correctional Officer for Putnamville Correctional Facility. The following year he was part of the first class of correctional officers for Wabash Valley Correctional Facility. While at WVCF, Richard was promoted and served several positions including Correctional Counselor, Correctional Casework Manager, and  Unit Team Manager. Mr. Brown was promoted to Deputy Warden of Operations at WVCF in 2002, where he also held the position of Deputy Warden of Programs. In 2006 Mr. Brown transferred to Rockville Correctional Facility as Deputy Warden of Operations until 2010 where he returned to WVCF as Warden. On April 1, 2020 Mr.Brown was assigned as the Executive Director of Adult Facilities. 

Executive Director Brown graduated with an A.S. Degree in Corrections from Vincennes University in 1989. After graduating from V.U. he transferred to Indiana State University and graduated in 1992 with a B.S. Degree in Criminology. He is also a 2007 graduate of the Experienced and Emerging Leaders Program. In his spare time he enjoys spending time in the outdoors, running and traveling.

Executive Director of Classification

Jack Hendrix serves as the Executive Director of Classification for the Indiana Department of Correction.  In addition to supervising the Agency Classification Division, he also supervises the IDOC Offender Release Division, IDOC Offender Movement and Support Services and IDOC Offender Records Division.

Mr. Hendrix began his career with the Indiana Department of Correction in 1986 as a Correctional Officer at the Putnamville Correctional Facility.  Since that time, he has served in a variety of positions such as Correctional Counselor, Supervisor of Classification, Program Director, Unit Team Manager and Assistant Superintendent (Offender Programming & Re-Entry Services and Adult Operations). In addition to these positions, Mr. Hendrix has been chosen to serve on a wide variety of Agency level committees in each of his assignment areas.  Mr. Hendrix was selected as a founding board member of the Correctional Professional Assistance Fund of Indiana, where he continues to serve in the capacity of CPAFI Vice Chairman.  Prior to his promotion to his current position, Mr. Hendrix has enjoyed professional experiences at the Putnamville Correctional Facility, Branchville Correctional Facility and Wabash Valley Correctional Facility.

Mr. Hendrix earned multiple degrees in Criminology from Indiana State University, College of Arts and Sciences. Throughout his career, Mr. Hendrix has been an active member of the Indiana Criminal Justice Association, holding numerous committee chair positions and elected offices, including ICJA President and Board Chair. Jack continues to remain very active in a variety of faith-based, professional and civic organizations.